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Secondary Transition

Secondary Transition is the process of preparing students for adult life after they leave high school and can be thought of as a bridge between school programs and the opportunities of adult life, including higher education or training, employment, independent living and community participation.  Transition planning provides opportunities for students with disabilities to experience positive post-school outcomes, such as:

  • higher graduation rate
  • lower dropout rates
  • increased enrollment in colleges and universities
  • higher rates of competitive employment
  • increase levels of independence

Transition Leadership Institute (TLI) 2020

Join us for the 13th Annual Leadership Institute, June 10 - 12, 2020. 

Visit the Transition Leadership Institute webpage to learn more!

Register for TLI

Please complete TLI Registration Form (opens a new webpage) 
*Registration will remain open until 2 weeks prior to the event to ensure all ADA accommodations can be met. 

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Submit proposal to present at 2020 Transition Leadership Institute

Proposals about successful secondary transition practices are being accepted to present at the 13th annual Transition Leadership Institute, June 11-12 at the Denver Marriott in Golden. Presentations should show transition practices that have led to successful employment/career, postsecondary education/training, and/or independent living skill development. Also, being sought are presentations that show effective family engagement and interagency collaboration strategies, social/emotional learning, diversity and inclusion, and/or effective instructional strategies. The deadline to submit your proposal is March 29. Please use this link to the application. For additional information, contact Roberta Curtis at

Secondary Transition Training Opportunities

Please reference the Secondary Transition Support Trainings and Opportunities (PDF) to view the various professional development and technical assistance opportunities available upon request. 

What's New!

Secondary Transition 101: Writing Meaningful IEPs

Module 1 provides an introduction to secondary transition requirements.  

Strategies to Increase Student Participation in Post-school Outcomes Interviews

The state target for student participation rates in the post-school outcomes interview process is 60%. If you are looking for strategies to increase student participation rates in your district, please review the strategies provided by your colleagues as well as national and state secondary transition providers.

View the Strategies to Increase Student Participation in Post-School Outcomes Interviews

Changes in Reporting for Indicator 13

View the memo, webinar handout & compliance tips on CDE's Indicator 13 webpage

Missed the Technical Soundness Check of Transition Action Plans Zoom Meeting? 

View the recording of the Technical Soundness Check of Transition Action Plans from January 15, 2020.

State Toolkit for Examining Post-School Success (STEPSS)

STEPSS One-Page Overview (PDF)

Indicator 13

Please reference the Indicator 13 page for more information. 

Transition Record Review

2019-2020 Transition Record Reviews Indicator 13 - Memo: Overview and What's New (PDF)

2019-2020 Indicator 13 Checklist for File Reviews and Data Submission (PDF)

PowerPoint: What's New, File Review Process & Data Submission - SY 2019-2020 (PDF)

Indicator 14

Please reference the Indicator 14 page for more information about Indicator 14.

Crosswalk ICAP

Please reference the Secondary Transition Requirements webpage for more information about Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP).

Crosswalk ICAP with Legislation and Colorado Rules on IEP (PDF)

Team Members

Gail Lott
Senior Consultant/Secondary Transition
Email Gail Lott
Phone: (303) 866-6721

Roberta Curtis
Program Support Assistant
Phone: (303) 866-6883

Katie Oliver
Secondary Transition Specialist, SWAP
Email Katie Oliver
Phone: (303) 866-6701


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